Why WordPress

WordPress CMS, logo in a magician's top hat

WordPress is used by 64% of sites with a known CMS; roughly 40% of all websites.


The world's most popular content management system (CMS), WordPress is also The Ivy Group's CMS of choice. We've been building professional sites since 1996 and working with WordPress since 2012. We’ve used it as the website backbone for associations, libraries, colleges and universities, law firms, manufacturers, housing authorities, tourist destinations, and the list goes on. So, why do we pick WordPress when building our sites?

The possibilities are endless with WordPress compared to more rigid proprietary website builders.

WordPress is an open-source platform that keeps pace with technology. The core code is continuously advanced and secured by a dedicated community of professional developers, academics, and enthusiasts.

WordPress is built in PHP: a robust, popular programming language. It’s built in an extensible way that gives programmers opportunities to create and integrate code for custom data management, display, and functionality. Our experienced web team goes way beyond configuration; they create the code for a CMS instance that meets your unique needs. (Like many great things in life, it takes a village to grow anything into its fullest potential!)

WordPress is software designed for everyone, emphasizing accessibility, performance, security, and ease of use. We believe great software should work with minimum set up, so you can focus on sharing your story, product, or services freely. — WordPress

Open Source CMS vs. Proprietary Website Builders

CharacteristicsOpen Source CMSProprietary Website Builder
Software LicensingOpen source code is publicly available and free to customizeClosed source code is exclusive to the software owner; end-users pay to access limited functions
Platform ExamplesWordPress, Drupal, Joomla, ExpressionEngineSquareSpace, Wix, Weebly, MemberClicks (for associations)
PurposeCustom website development DIY, pre-fab site
Recommended ForBranded websites that are flexible and highly customizableLower budget websites that are fine with pre-fab themes
Do-it-yourselfIf you don’t know how to code, you’ll want to contract with a professional agencyIf you’re comfortable with picking fonts, colors, and layouts, give it a whirl
TimingA strategic, phased approach with custom design and development usually requires 3-6 monthsAn out-of-the-box template means you can get your content online quickly
Content Manageable by Non-DevelopersYesYes
Ecommerce FunctionalityPlugins such as WooCommerce are availableUpgrades to an ecommerce package are typically available
Third Party IntegrationsWith an experienced developer, the world is your oysterLimited
Development CostAgency fees vary based on scopeNone, if you do-it-yourself
Hosting PlatformHost wherever you want, such as LiquidWeb or WP Engine (You get what you pay for regarding features, service, bandwidth, etc.)You’re locked into the platform where you built the site
Hosting CostVaries based on selected platformBuilt into your monthly fee
Ongoing Maintenance CostAgency fees varyBuilt into your monthly fee

Our designers and developers have complete control over branding and functionality when integrating a site with WordPress.

Your website is the backbone of your digital brand, and is often the first touch point that a prospective customer will have with your organization. For that reason, it's critical that your website is accessible, organized, and representative of your brand. 

Luckily, there is no one “cookie-cutter” look for a WordPress website.

WordPress provides extensive flexibility for designers and developers to create themes that are representative of their brand. It is up to the developer how simple or complex these themes need to be. 

So, what does this all really mean? Developers can leverage WordPress to build and manage any type of website with unique content types. This means that, when you log into the WordPress CMS, you will see all aspects of your website displayed in the format and functionality that you want.

After we launch a new site in WordPress, it's never locked inside that box. New features are easy for developers to add, allowing websites to be scaled up in exciting new ways.

Interested in our transition to WordPress? Read ivygroup.com/blog/mimik.

We created a custom fruit availability table for Chiles Family Orchards to quickly and easily let visitors know which fruit was available for picking.

We take advantage of WordPress’ impressive library of plugins to customize capabilities without breaking the bank.

With well over 50,000 free and premium WordPress plugins available, we’re able to easily tackle common site functions. These plugins allow us to focus our attention on branding your site and building custom features. This is a boon for your budget, as our developers aren’t forced to reinvent the wheel for common functions.

Some of our basic go-to plugins include:

We launched campfriendship.com on WordPress in February 2019. It was the first of our sites to fully leverage WordPress’ new “Gutenberg” editor.

The WordPress block editor makes it easy for content managers to edit their site and create unique layouts.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist (or web developer) to manage your content in WordPress. But if you’re truly looking to meet the needs of your users, you need to understand how to make your content as engaging and accessible as possible!

For years, we established custom layouts for clients using page templates. Content managers would primarily edit text, add links, place images, etc. using WYSIWYG (what-you-see-is-what-you-get) editors. In many ways, it was a simpler age of content management.

Then web users got savvier, site designs needed to be more flexible, and we all needed to adapt.

We eagerly jumped on board when WordPress overhauled its editing experience to the new Gutenberg block editor. Gutenberg features blocks like headers, paragraphs, lists, images, videos, buttons, quotes, tables, and embeddable multimedia. These blocks are easily dragged, dropped, and customized on a page. We also define blocks catered to simple and complex client needs, including columns, separators, and “media & text” combos.

Of course, with great freedom comes great responsibility, so our training sessions are more important than ever.

“I've seen many companies abandon WP for the shiny new stack, and then come back to it. Github is a good example of this—yes Github, the modern repository of cutting-edge code moved their blog off of WordPress, and then came back because it truly is the best tool for just getting your content out there.” — Miriam Schwab, Strattic Co-founder and CEO (Source

This is what it looks like in the WordPress dashboard when editing the Communities page on RRHA.com.
Here is that same Communities page as it appears to the public.

WordPress might not be right for everyone, but if you’re looking for a custom branded website and an experienced team to help you connect with your audience, get in touch!